Top 10 Blake Shelton Songs
Blake Shelton has over a dozen No. 1 songs and at least one more than didn’t hit the top of the charts, but is still among his most popular. His fame has soared in recent years, but ‘The Voice’ mentor has been releasing satisfying country music since way back in 2001. This list of the Top 10 Blake Shelton songs includes cuts from six different albums.
The best Blake Shelton songs were chosen using sales and chart data, in addition to fan feedback and ToC staff opinion. It’s likely no coincidence that the singer has released his best songs after meeting wife Miranda Lambert — her influence can be felt in his most tender ballads.
‘Boys ‘Round Here’
This could end up becoming the most controversial choice for the Top 10 Blake Shelton Songs list, but the lyrics are too much fun to ignore. Yes, “Red, red, red … redneck” isn’t the most clever line, but it has caught on in a big way. One can’t help but smile while grooving to this smash single from the ‘Based on a True Story …’ album.
‘Draggin’ the River’
“This is our love story,” Blake Shelton says at the beginning of this track, a duet with his then-girlfriend Miranda Lambert. Ironically, the couple sings about running away to elope because no one approves of their relationship in this sweet tune that appeared on Shelton’s 2010 EP, ‘All About Tonight.’ In the lyrics, ‘The Voice’ coach says he’d go to any length to keep his woman at his side, and their plan must have worked — they tied the knot on May 14, 2011… with their family’s blessing.
‘Honey Bee’ became Shelton’s ninth career No. 1 single the week of his 35th birthday in 2011. It couldn’t be more of a present. Given the mushy, sweet and sticky lyrics, we can’t help but think that Miranda Lambert has made Blake a little soft. We don’t mind, though, so long as our “honey bee” keeps spilling out the hit singles.
‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’
Okay, so maybe Shelton does like to get in touch with his emotional side every now and then. ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’ places high on our list of the best Blake Shelton songs ever, not only because it was yet another No. 1 for the singer in 2010, but because it’s sweet, sensitive and makes us ponder what Shelton is really like behind the scenes. It’s important to note that Joe Nichols dropped this one in 2007, but it didn’t reach its star potential until Blake did it. We’ll admit it, sometimes we like even the most rugged of country stars to show a little skin, and the sincerity in this soothing ballad is as bare as it gets.
‘Ol’ Red’ is no new country song, and it’s no Blake Shelton song, either, but he gives it his own creative stamp nonetheless. Both George Jones and Kenny Rogers released this one before the ‘Hillbilly Bone’ singer got his hands on it in 2001 and released it as the final single from his debut self-titled album in 2002. Much like the color of the trusty dog in the song, this track lit a red-hot fire under Blake Shelton’s career and funneled the singer into the less hairy version we know today.
Raise your hand if you still cry every time you hear ‘The Baby.’ It’s one of the most powerful stories of the past decade, and Shelton sings it like a man who has just lost his mother. He didn’t — Dorothy is alive and well — but you’d never know it. The No. 1 hit scores high on this Top Blake Shelton Songs list for fans and ToC staff.
There’s really no question why this one makes our Top Blake Shelton Songs list, because it’s unquestionably the singer’s most memorable track to date. ‘Hillbilly Bone’ says what we’re already thinking: Everybody is a little bit country. Not only that, but it’s a double-whammy of country stars and partying with the assist of ‘Just Fishin” hitmaker Trace Adkins. This 2009 single was a No. 1 for both of the country men, and snagged Shelton his first ACM for Vocal Event of the Year back in 2010. We consider it more of a daily necessity, though!
‘She Wouldn’t Be Gone’
‘She Wouldn’t Be Gone’ is one of those Blake Shelton songs that just about everybody knows, whether they wear Wranglers and cowboy hats or not. Not only did this track become the country hitmaker’s fifth No. 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, it also found its way into the Top 50 of Billboard’s Hot 100 list. It resonates with all sorts of folks, because it’s one of those staple love songs full of regret that holds true across all genres and leave you achin’ for more.
‘God Gave Me You’
This Grammy-nominated ballad from Shelton’s 2011 ‘Red River Blue’ album went Double Platinum while reaching No. 1 on the charts. He says it’s the song that inspired him to propose marriage to Lambert. Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes originally recorded the hit. Shelton’s performance is full of emotion, and his voice has rarely been stronger.
Shelton’s first single still stands out as one of his best. ‘Austin’ is storytelling at its finest, and the singer introduced himself as a vocal powerhouse early in his career. The 2001 No. 1 would go Gold for 500,000 singles sold, but more importantly, it established him on the radio. Most country stations in America still play this song.